The Dalmatian is probably one of the most recognizable dog breeds out there. Affectionately known as “Dals,” these dogs make wonderful family pets or companion animals.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Dalmatian puppies are born completely white. They start to get their spots around 10-14 days old and the spots keep appearing as the dogs get older.
2. No two Dalmatians will ever have the same spot pattern. Each dog’s spot pattern is unique, just like a snowflake!
3. Dalmatians can have either black or liver (brown) colored spots. They can also have yellow or blue spots as well, but these are not recognized by the AKC as acceptable for the breed.
4. A common health issue amongst Dals is deafness. 12% of Dalmatians are deaf, and many only have auditory function in one ear.
5. Originally bred as carriage dogs, Dalmatians are very comfortable around horses. So if you’re a PetParent to a horse and looking for a dog, a Dal might just be for you!
6. Some people believe that a chance encounter with a Dalmatian will give you good luck for the rest of the day!
7. The earliest known date we have for the Dalmatian is from 15th century Croatia, when an altar painting and fresco depicting Dalmatians were produced.
8. Dalmatians love the water and are sure to head for a lake for a swim if they see one!
9. The breed had a surge in popularity in 1956 when “101 Dalmatians” (the book) was published.
10. Known as firehouse dogs, the breed was originally used in firehouses to chase away small rodents and other pests.